Develop the skills, network & mindset to lead your community into a resilient future

Drought Resilience Leaders Development Program

Drought Resilience Leaders Development is a leadership development program to prepare 12 agricultural communities for the impacts of future drought and climate change. It is suitable for people living in these communities who are interested in building long-term drought resilience, developing their own leadership skills, and becoming better communicators within their families and communities.

Program activities

If you are an engaged community member or want to change something to benefit your community, you are most likely already practising leadership, even if you’re not in a traditional leadership role in your day job. The activities on this program give you an understanding of leadership as a practice and how you can work with others to achieve better outcomes and solve problems. While the activities might take you out of your comfort zone a little and test your resilience and collaboration skills, you become equipped with a set of skills to manage these situations and be prepared to step up in real life. All activities are based on scenarios specific to your region. Because your fellow participants come from different backgrounds, you learn how to collaborate with others, even if they have opposing opinions to your own.

You emerge from the program connected to a network of up to 40 forward-thinkers ready to drive positive change in your community.

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Application period

8 August – 25 September 2022

Late applications accepted until 2 October 2022.

Applicant Q&A webinar

15 September 2022 at 7.00pm. Watch recording.

Program places & Cost

Up to 40 places on this program are funded by the Australian Government’s Future Drought Fund.

eligible AREAS

Dorset, Break O’Day, Glamorgan Spring Bay, Sorell, Tasman, and Flinders Island Council

Program Date

Session 1: 10 – 12 November 2022

Session 2: 4 – 5 December 2022

Program Locations

Session 1: Spring Bay Mill, Triabunna

Session 2: Panorama Hotel, St Helens

Delivered in partnership with Tasmanian Leaders.


Angela Driver has been employed with Tasmanian Leaders since 2011, becoming the CEO in 2021. During this tenure, she completed the Art and Practice of Adaptive Leadership at the Harvard Kennedy School of Executive Education in Boston and successfully completed a Brain Based Coaching certificate with the Neuro Leadership Institute. Prior to that she enjoyed a successful career in arts; establishing the Junction Arts Festival after completing a Churchill Fellowship into performance events for social change. 

Paul Ryan is passionate about the future of rural people and places. As Director of the Australian Resilience Centre and a global leader in resilience, adaptation and transformation practice, he works with people to catalyse new thinking and bring about positive social and environmental change. Over the past 15 years, Paul has worked with communities and organisations across Australia and internationally, in areas as diverse as community resilience, climate adaptation planning and practice, disaster preparedness and recovery, sustainable agriculture, infrastructure, water and irrigation futures, poverty and humanitarian relief, biodiversity, illegal wildlife trade, domestic violence, gender and youth issues.  Prior to founding the Australian Resilience Centre, Paul worked for the Stockholm Resilience Centre, the Resilience Alliance, CSIRO, state government agencies and catchment management organisations. Paul grew up on the family farm in northern Victoria where his family have been farming for more than 160 years. 

Dr Tom Remenyi is an expert in climate change impacts across environmental, social and industrial domains. He works closely with strategic leaders across the country to identify the touch points of climate change for their roles and businesses. Tom wears many hats, but he is presenting here through his role as the State Engagement Lead within the Climate Services for Agriculture project, being delivered by the CSIRO and the Bureau of Meteorology, within the Future Drought Funding programme.   


Eligible areas

Mildura Rural City Council, Gannawarra Shire Council, Swan Hill Rural City Council, Buloke Shire Council, Wentworth Shire Council, Balranald Shire Council, Yarriambiack Shire Council

Applications closed.

Session times

16 – 19 August | In person

8 – 9 September | Virtual

23 – 25 October | In person

Goulburn Valley

Applications closed. Program complete.

Eligible areas:

Katherine, Barkly, Darwin

Applications closed.

Session times

25 – 28 July | In person – Katherine

30 August – 2 September | Virtual

Central – West

Applications closed. Program complete.

South – West

Applications closed. Program underway.

Northern Wheatbelt

Applications closed. Program complete.


Applications closed. Program complete.

North-West Slopes and Plains

Applications closed. Program complete.

Western Region

Applications closed. Program complete.

Eyre Peninsula

Applications closed. Program complete.


Applications closed. Program complete.


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Frequently Asked Questions

Have more questions? Get in touch via email or give us a call on 02 6281 0680.

The purpose of the program is to build resilience and leadership skills in individuals living or working in the 12 regions. To fit these criteria, you would generally have a desire to help your own or other rural Australian communities prepare for drought, and natural disasters and overcome general challenges either because you live in them or because your work relates to rural communities or agriculture. You may also have lived experience with drought or have the desire to develop your leadership capabilities.

The Australian Government’s Future Drought Fund covers this program. As a participant, you will only need to fund your own travel and meals. An allowance of up to $500 is available to cover up to 50 % of your travel, meal and additional accommodation costs.

Your safety is paramount and we hope you will not get sick or injured. We do have first aid officers on all programs to assist in an emergency. Should you contract COVID, we have a response plan in place and will respond to get you home as quickly as possible.

Working while you’re on the program will significantly reduce your ability to focus and get the most out of it. It might also not be possible due to the location and schedule of the program. We, therefore, ask that you make prior arrangements with your workplace and inform them that you will not be able to work during the program period.

Regions were selected based on an analysis by a team of experts from the consortia and delivery partners. The team analysed data for 61 regions

Residential programs are designed to create more time for networking and building social connections through evening activities. Also, being away from home and the habitual place of work, takes away distractions of everyday life. Thus, you can fully immerse yourself in the learning experience.

You must attend all sessions in order to graduate from the program. Our programs are designed to build your awareness and experience throughout the sessions. Experiential learning is one of the most engaging and deep methods of learning. Wrapping up your learnings and reflection is crucial for a positive learning experience. If you don’t intend to commit, this program may not be right for you. Of course, we will do our best to make sure you don’t miss out should unforeseen circumstances stop you from attending. Please reach out if you’d like to discuss concerns with our team.

For more information view our Participant Attendance Policy.

Places on the program are awarded based on the information provided in your application.

Aside from standard questions about yourself, we will be asking you to list any community and/ or volunteer positions that you currently hold or have held in the past. You will also need to explain what you have learned from the position.

An example may be: Tuckshop Assistant, Gumtree School, 2 years, I have learnt to ensure high quality of food standards and to work with different personalities and think on my feet.

We will also be asking if you have completed any other leadership programs or qualifications.
Lastly, we will want to know what impact you want to have on rural, regional and remote Australia as a result of your participation in this program.

A selection panel will assess each application based on the following selection criteria:

1. Committed to initiating and leading significant change in their sector, community and/or region.
2. Open to new ideas and demonstrate a willingness to learn, grow, adapt and change.
3. Willing to complete an intensive leadership development program with a focus on experiential learning.
4. Able to demonstrate previous experience, and/or future capability in leadership.
5. Ready to work collaboratively in their region on initiatives and plans for the future benefit of the region.

We don’t teach, we facilitate & engage

Learning with us is not assessment or competency-based. Our experiential learning methodology means you’ll learn through challenges and enquiry. It is an experience, not a classroom.